Even though the New York Yankees ended the season with the better record than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, I believe that the Angels not only have the better team, but they should be considered the favorite over the Yankees.
Lineup wise the Angels have a better lineup top to bottom, which I will examine, also I will take a look at their pitching staffs as well.
First off let's starts with the Yankees lineup.
The Angels lineup:
Looking at the advantages for the Yankees the positions they have that are stronger than the Angels comes down to Jeter, Rodriguez, Cano.
The two positions that the Yankees and Angels are a virtual draw in are at first base with Kendry Morales and Mark Teixeira and at catcher with Mike Napoli and Jorge Posada.
The Angels have a distinct advantage with Abreu, Guerrero, Hunter, and Rivera.
But, it's also noteworthy to say that each team comes with a different type of philosophy offensively. The Angels will bunt, steal bases, get to first and third on singles, etc...Meaning they like to put pressure on the defense.
On the other side the Yankees tend to their power in the lineup to score runs. They will run on occasion, but really it's left to their sluggers in the middle of the lineup.
Bench players for the Yankees:
Bench players for the Angels:
Gary Matthews Jr-OF
Bench wise the teams are even, no real advantage for either side.
Starting Pitching for the Yankees:
According to certain articles the Yankees may consider using a three man rotation due to the inconsistencies the Yankees have had with their fourth and fifth starters.
Starters for the Angels:
Obviously when a team can bring out five extremely talented pitchers it's better than having three that you can rely on. So, in this case the Angels have another advantage.
Bullpen for the Yankees:
Bullpen for the Angels:
The edge here goes to the Yankees they just have better arms in the bullpen.
There's another reason why I believe that the Angels will take the season and that is the motivation to not only get to the World Series, but win it in the honor of Nick Adenhart!